Issue No. 363 - 15 May 2008
Submission - Lower Whanganui River Flood Investigation:
Flood Mitigation Options
Horizons Regional Council (HRC) has recently consulted the Wanganui community on a proposal to construct flood protection structures to protect Wanganui City from Whanganui River flooding.
HRC has recommended that the Lower Whanganui Scheme should:
If adopted, Wanganui ratepayers will:
The Wanganui District Council's submission:
Council will present its submission to Horizons at a hearing to be held at the Wanganui Racecourse at 12.00 noon on Wednesday, 21 May 2008.
Annual cost of Government impositions on the Wanganui ratepayer
The Wanganui District Council has resolved to withdraw its membership of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ).
LGNZ is tasked with representing local government concerns at a national and parliamentary level. But the Council's Finance and Infrastructure Committee has unanimously resolved that those representations have proven ineffective and expensive. Council believes it can more effectively lobby at a central government level. The cost of LGNZ membership is approximately $39,000 per annum.
Council officers have estimated that the annual cost of central government impositions is $1.5M for the Wanganui ratepayer. These costs have arisen from requirements to meet higher national standards and additional legislative requirements such as dog microchipping, building accreditation, lengthy auditing procedures and fees, water and sanitary assessments and greater consultation requirements.
The councils are also having to provide extra facilities and resources where the national governments have either withdrawn services, like school swimming pools, or where territorial authorities are now supporting government agencies such as community patrols and closed circuit television security systems to assist the police.
Council believes it can more effectively lobby at a central government level – and allocate $39,000 locally for council and community services.
Details of the following vacancies are available on this page:
Glass Development Project Manager
Animal Control Officer - Team Leader
Customer Services Manager
Special Consultative Procedure
Review of the Gambling Venue Policy 2004 for Wanganui
Summary of Information
In accordance with Section 83(1)(a)(i) of the Local Government Act 2002 and the Gambling Act 2003, the Wanganui District Council gives notice of its intention to review the Gambling Venue Policy 2004. Submissions are now invited on the review.
Further information includes:
Wanganui District Council
To assist the submission and hearing process please endeavour when making a submission to –
Submissions close on Friday, 23 May 2008.
By-election date set for June
The by-election for a new Wanganui District Councillor will be held in June.
A by-election is required following the resignation of Cr Marty Lindsay who is taking up a career opportunity in Australia.
Wanganui District Council Electoral Officer Noeline Moosman has set the by-election date for Saturday, June 21.
Nominations for candidates closed on Friday, May 2.
Voting will be by postal voting. The voting period will be from Friday, 30 May 2008, to 12 noon Saturday, 21 June 2008.
More information is available on this page.
Upcoming Council meetings
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Wanganui District Councils' Forestry Joint Committee – Monday, May 19 (2.30pm, Committee Room 2)
Council Meeting – Monday, May 19 (3.00pm)
Council Meeting – Thursday, May 22 (9.00am-4.00pm)
Youth Committee – Monday, May 26 (4.00pm)
Council Meeting – Thursday, May 29 (3.00pm-7.00pm)
Wanganui Rural Community Board – Wednesday, June 4 (4.00pm, Committee Room 2)
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at 3.00pm in the Council Chamber, 1st Floor, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui.
Agendas are available at the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui and the Wanganui District Library two working days prior to the meeting.